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Horticulture Club Attends Landscape Competition

North Dakota State University Horticulture and Forestry Club students attended the 2017 National Collegiate Landscape Competition sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, March 16-18. One NDSU student placed in the top 1% overall, two students placed in a team event, and four students were awarded scholarships. NDSU ranked 20th of 60 national teams, and won $500 for the highest participation in the Career Development Series.

April 4, 2017

North Dakota State University Horticulture and Forestry Club students attended the 2017 National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, March 16-18. The NCLC is the largest national competition and career recruitment event for college students studying horticulture and landscaping, with over 800 students from 60 universities and colleges competing in 29 events. Students demonstrated their skills in tree climbing, hardscaping, identifying horticulture specimens, skid steer operation, sales presentation, exterior/interior design, irrigation troubleshooting, wood construction, and more. NDSU ranked 20th of 60 national teams. 

The team of Garrett Schumacher, horticulture major from Heron Lake, MN, and Trevor Zens, landscape architecture major from Aberdeen, SD, took second place in the Truck and Trailer Operation event. Zens also ranked in the top 1% overall (9th out of 672 students) of students who competed as Superstars, an award category where students compete in five events.

Horticulture student Connor Hagemeyer, from Clara City, MN, ranked in the top 5% in Annual and Perennial Plant Identification and in the top 6% in Woody Ornamental Plant Identification.

Horticulture students Hagemeyer, Torie Jones, from Bowdon, ND, Andrew Scheldorf, from Chokio, MN and landscape architecture major Emily Schoenrock, from Maple Grove, MN, each received one of 53 scholarships handed out by the NALP Foundation. Read the full story.

NDSU also won a $500 award for next year’s competition expenses. Hunter and Ewing Irrigation sponsors the award, which recognizes teams with the highest participation in the Career Development Series.

The NDSU Horticulture and Forestry Club is advised by Dr. Todd West and Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti.

Students had the chance to attend the largest green industry career fair and meet with approximately 75 top industry companies, where they have exposure to different career paths and valuable networking opportunities. Horticulture and landscape graduates are in high demand and this event was an excellent opportunity to find internships, full-time positions, network with industry representatives and peers, and have some fun.

The National Association of Landscape Professionals is a collaboration of landscape and lawn care industry professionals that advocates for the economic, social and environmental benefits of the industry. Learn more at www.landscapeprofessionals.org.

Source: Todd West, 701-231-6476,
Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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